Agalloch The Serpent and the Sphere
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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2014


18745 Comments


yeah nothing they could have done would have topped fire above, ice below.

they peaked on ashes and should have either started a new project or just quit altogether unfortunately. as evidenced by the last two albums, there was really nowhere else for them to go with their sound.

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Hawks
July 30th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pale Folklore is best, but yeah this is nothing like Ashes. Or anything else they've put out really.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2014


18745 Comments


i agree that this isnt like anything theyve put out yet, but paradoxically this is also filled to the brim with rehashed ideas (like how the birth and death of the pillars of creation is a blatant rip off of the celebration for the death of man)

it sounds like a bad agalloch cover band honestly.

TalonsOfFire
July 30th 2014


8388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

These last two have sounded like Agalloch awkwardly trying to be an atmospheric black metal band and failing. It's pretty appalling how awkward the songwriting is on Marrow, at least they improved it on here

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Hawks
July 30th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed that this is easily their worst album. It's honestly like a 3.2, but it's Agalloch so I give them the benefit of the doubt.

Hope they don't continue this though.

Emyay
July 30th 2014


5968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

they peaked on ashes and should have either started a new project or just quit altogether unfortunately. as evidenced by the last two albums, there was really nowhere else for them to go with their sound.

i pretty much agree except i really enjoyed marrow. it's funny that the band themselves don't realize this at all. they call ashes their least favorite album, saying it's their "pop" album. i wonder what they think about this album

Gmork89
July 30th 2014


5519 Comments


They probably think it's their magnum opus in that case.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2014


16453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it sounds like a bad agalloch cover band honestly


Agreed, as I said in the review "It is Agalloch sounding like the multitudes of acts that attempted to capture the magic of their very unique sound, only to make it obvious that they didn’t have the songwriting talent to do so."

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oltnabrick
August 2nd 2014


31162 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This sounds like all of their other albums tbh.


I like it.

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beefshoes
August 3rd 2014


4242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This sounds like all of their other albums tbh"

It sounds like recycled cuts from the time between Ashes and Marrow imo, but not nearly as good as either.

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zaruyache
August 24th 2014


6986 Comments


Nowhere near as good. How you manage to 4 this is beyond my comprehension.

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Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is a 3.5 at best.

SCREAM!
August 24th 2014


10256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yup how you manage to 4 this is beyond my comprehension

Hawks
August 24th 2014


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn Scream with the 4.5....

SCREAM!
August 28th 2014


10256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Prob AOTY

#realtalk

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

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climactic
August 28th 2014


19576 Comments


havent really revisited this at all besides astral dialogue, which is a jam and a half

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
August 28th 2014


6324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Celestial Effigy too

SCREAM!
August 28th 2014


10256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Which, when combined with Dark Matter Gods, makes 3 jams back to back!

edit: Make that 4 and a half with Judio's addition

zaruyache
August 28th 2014


6986 Comments


They're good songs, but I don't think they're Agalloch good.



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